SCAM ALERT!

Don't let this happen to you!

Are you, like us, a value-added reseller or business partner of nationally known brand-name IT equipment? If so, you too may be approached by potential customers across the country. Usually this is good thing, and you probably jump at the chance to increase your client base in new locations.

We recently received two similar requests for HP laptops, totaling nearly $10,000. At first glance the orders looked reasonable and accurate. However, it turns out that these addresses have been used by known scammers. As they say: Trust, but verify.

Here are the emails for comparison:

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First Email:

Your Name: jeff ardo Your Email: jeffardo@flarearchitect.com Subject: Quote Request For HP Laptops Message: Hello, Your company happens to be on the list of the HP partners I was referred to by Hewlett Packard while I was trying to make a direct purchase from its distribution network. My name is Jeff and am a senior procurement manager for Flare Architect , I am interested in procuring some Laptops . Kindly give me a quote on the items below.

HP ProBook 440 G5 Notebook Mfg Part#: 2SU16UT#ABA Core i7 8550U/1.8GHz Win 10 Pro 64-bit 8GB RAM 256GB SSD

Quantity: 10 Units

Bear in mind with preparing the Quote that I want the items dropped shipped via a UPS 2nd Day Air (2 days) ONLY. to our office location @ 5318 Pine Ave Pasadena, TX 77503., ATTN: Jerry Ray., COMPANY NAME: Flare Architect .

I am hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks

 
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Second Email:

Your Name: Andy Cole Your Email: Andy@frotengineering.com Subject: Quote Request For HP Laptops Message: Hello, Your company happens to be on the list of the HP partners I was referred to by Hewlett Packard while I was trying to make a direct purchase from its distribution network. My name is Andy and am a senior procurement manager for Frote Engineering , I am interested in procuring some Laptops . Kindly give me a quote on the items below.

HP ProBook 440 G5 Notebook Mfg Part#: 2SU16UT#ABA Core i7 8550U/1.8GHz Win 10 Pro 64-bit 8GB RAM 256GB SSD

Quantity: 10 Units

Bear in mind with preparing the Quote that I want the items dropped shipped via a UPS 2nd Day Air (2 days) ONLY. to our office location @ 1819 5th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203., ATTN: Daisy Clark., COMPANY NAME: Frote Engineering .

I am hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks